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 Ande
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Hi there-

The more observant among you may have noticed that I'm not around here even nearly as much as I was for a while. Just wanted to pop up a post to say that I'm still reading your stuff occasionally, playing the guitar a LOT and will be back soon.

My computer time, when I sat online for such a lot of time, was what I'm going to call a "smoking trigger," though, so a certain amount of behaviour modification is going with the decision to quit smoking. (Meaning I spend a lot less time online. Luckily, I have never been coordinated enough to smoke while playing guitar, so I can do even more of that.)

Anyway, I'm a month cig-free, and going strong, so hope to be around more in the near future...

BEst,
Ande


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(@aragorn)
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Good news, Ande. Keep at it day by day.

Nothing better you can do than break all of those routines, and play the guitar. Got to keep those fingers busy.


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(@chris-c)
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Hi again Ande,

Great to hear about your successful month. You're past the worst, now keep marching onward in a guitar filled future. Clever strategy you got there. :D

Chris


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(@joehempel)
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Great news Ande!! Keep up the good work!

In Space, no one can hear me sing!


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 Ande
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Awww, Thanks guys!

It hasn't been too bad so far. Money saved goes 50%/50%, into the amp fund and the diaper fund. (diaper=nappy, for you British types.) Thinking about those two things makes it a LOT easier.

Played a gig last weekend. Used a zero nicotine e-cigarette for the gig, and it was okay. Most bars still allow smoking here, and I usually have a drink or two after we play, so I was worried about that one, but honestly, it wasn't bad.

Got a friend (our drummer) who is in the same spot, who is doing great too. My theory is that 90% of nicotine addiction is in the brain, so as a drummer, he's only 10% addicted. ;-)

Best,
Ande


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 Nuno
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Congrats! You did it! From now it is easier.

And keep playing, too!


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(@apache)
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Got a friend (our drummer) who is in the same spot, who is doing great too. My theory is that 90% of nicotine addiction is in the brain, so as a drummer, he's only 10% addicted. ;-)

Brilliant! and of course well done for getting so far :D


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(@rparker)
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Funny analogy on your band mate.

Seriously, though, big kudos ang congrats. S simoked for 26 years (IIRC-math required) and have been smoke free since Sept something, 2009. The first month was the hardest, and each month gets easier. The one thing I was not looking forward to was the occasional trigger moments that pop up. I was dreading those, actually. They have not affected me nearly as bad as I thought they would. I still get them almost every week, many times per week. They are simply brushed off now as, "Doh! I don't smoke" moments.

That doesn't mean I don't slow down when I walk outside of a restaraunt and inhale a mass quantity of poluted air if there are smokers outside. Aside from that, though, I am totally smoke free still.

What are e-cigarettes? I'll google. I don't think I want any darned habit forming thing, so maybe I won't.

Congrats!!!!!

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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 Ande
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Two years, after 26 years- WELL DONE ROY!

Ecig is a little inhaler device. Simulates a ciggie. YOu can "smoke" them with or without nicotine. It really DOES have the feeling of a cig, to me. Personally, if you've made it this far, I wouldn't touch'em with a stick. (ANything can be a slippery slope.)

To folks who are still smoking, though, it seems like a much safer alternative, and also a good way to quit.

Best,
Ande

PS- AND you can use the ecig on stage without worrying about spilling your ashtray. ;-) Do you guys who gig smoke/drink during the set? I never did, but have seen a lot of bands doing this recently. Not sure what I think...


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(@rparker)
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PS- AND you can use the ecig on stage without worrying about spilling your ashtray. Do you guys who gig smoke/drink during the set? I never did, but have seen a lot of bands doing this recently. Not sure what I think...
Wow, it became the norm not to smoke on stage. Not everyone did it, but enough did that you didn't think about it. Heck, when I was growing up, people on talk shows smoked right there on the spot. I'm getting old. It's probably down to Keith and Ronnie now.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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